08/10/2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday tore into Democratic presidential rival Pete But…

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways: Fear of Trump hangs over Democratic debateButtigieg, Sanders aim to build momentum from New Hampshire debatePoll: New Hampshire Democrats would prefer an extinction-causing meteor over Trump reelectionMORE on Saturday tore into Democratic presidential rival Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways: Fear of Trump hangs over Democratic debateKlobuchar raises million since start of debateButtigieg after debate: I would be ‘most progressive’ nominee in party’s historyMORE in a new digital ad suggesting the former South Bend, Ind., mayor does not have sufficient experience to be president.
Biden underscored his ties to former President Obama in the roughly minute-and-a-half ad and highlighted issues he tackled as vice president, comparing his experience to Buttigiegs efforts handling local problems as mayor.
Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaKlobuchar blasts Trump for his criticism of world leadersPoll: Trump approval rating ticks up in first post-acquittal numbersThis will be a wild weekend in New HampshireMORE called Joe Biden the best vice president Americas ever had. But Pete Buttigieg doesnt think much of the vice presidents record, a narrator reads.
The video goes on to compare key moments of the Obama administration with actions Buttigieg took overseeing South Bend, insinuating that the former mayors resume is not fleshed out enough to take the reins of the federal government. 
Former Mayor Pete doesnt think very highly of the Obama-Biden record. Lets compare. pic.twitter.com/132TB7MHaq
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Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Buttigieg have taken on tough fights. Under threat of a nuclear Iran Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal. And under the threat of disappearing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners, the narrator says.
Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Pete have helped shape our economy. Joe Biden helped save the auto industry, which revitalized the economy of the Midwest. And led the passage and the implementation of the Recover Act, saving our economy from a depression, she adds. Pete Buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying out decorative brick. 
The blistering ad comes in the aftermath of Buttigiegs surprise showing in Iowa, where he appeared neck-and-neck with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways: Fear of Trump hangs over Democratic debateKlobuchar raises million since start of debateButtigieg after debate: I would be ‘most progressive’ nominee in party’s historyMORE (I-Vt.) for the top spot in the states caucuses. The former mayor has since surged in polling in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesdays primary there, with Biden dropping to third or fourth place. 
The attack ad indicates Bidens campaign feels like it may have to fight back to blunt Buttigiegs momentum coming out of Iowa and as the candidates compete heading into the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
A new CNN poll released Saturday indicated that Sanders and Buttigieg are leading among New Hampshire voters heading into the Granite State contest.
Buttigieg and Biden, two chief centrists in the race, are competing for similar sets of voters in the primary field, with some polls showing Buttigieg cutting directly into the former vice presidents support.
Buttigiegs campaign fired back at the new ad on Saturday, saying it indicates Biden is concerned about his current standing in the primary field. 
At this moment, the American people are crying out for something completely different from this classic Washington style of politics. While Washington politics trivializes what goes on in communities like South Bend, South Bend residents who now have better jobs, rising income, and new life in their city don’t think their lives are a Washington politician’s punchline, National Press Secretary Chris Meagher said in a statement. 
The Vice Presidents decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Petes perspective as a mayor and veteran.